Doing Business in Changing China: 2024 Summer School


For the summer of 2024, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) offers students the fantastic opportunity to experience living and studying in China. Through a unique collaboration between International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ China Studies Department, a summer school programme is created focusing on the dynamic business culture of China. Students will have the chance to obtain a unique insight into this fascinating country. The two-week programme is a great way to study a new topic, explore a new country and make new friends.

If you are looking for a thorough introduction to China in English at a world-renowned university, then there’s nothing better than this programme.

Additionally, for students interested in staying longer over the summer in China, there is also the opportunity to extend their stay by subscribing to a 4-week Chinese Language course, starting right after the “Doing Business in Changing China 2024: Summer school”.

Course Introduction

As we begin the third decade of what has been described as the “Chinese Century”, the rapid economic growth and increasing influence of China at a global level is unprecedented. Now the world’s second largest economy, China has undergone significant economic and social changes in recent changes as a result of market-oriented reforms and globalization China’s impact on global affairs is growing, relating to issues such as geopolitics, artificial intelligence and digital technology, climate change, the energy crisis, and the challenges emerging from globalization

Understanding how and why this economic and societal transformation is happening and how this is accelerating innovative practice and technological advancement is key to understanding how this new business landscape operates. This includes the ability to identify opportunities that such disruption creates.

Doing Business in Changing China is an opportunity to develop that understanding by studying at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), the largest international university in China, situated in Suzhou, a city that has been identified as the sixth fastest growing city in the world. The programme is co-developed by our triple-accredited business school IBSS, and by the China Studies department; both famous for world-class research on China and its impact on global development.

Course Structure

  • Date: 8 July to 19 July 2024
  • Six lectures by academic experts on (1) China: 70 years of change; (2) Consumerism & E-Commerce in urban China; (3) Social structure of contemporary China; (4) Urban regional economies of China; (5) Technology and business in China; (6) Contemporary developments in China’s Belt and Road Initiative
  • Four introductory Chinese language classes
  • Three visits to major cities (Suzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou)
  • Two company visits
  • Calligraphy class
  • Seven interactive sessions on business group projects, followed by a final presentation

Course Evaluation

Throughout the programme, students will work on a group project and study a topic relevant for doing business in changing China. The groups will receive coaching throughout the sessions, and will present their findings to a dedicated panel of professionals and academics. During the sessions, the summer school students will also receive coaching related to career development, presentation skills and career opportunities in China.


Students who successfully complete the course and group project will receive a Certificate issued by IBSS and China Studies and herewith have easy access to the future programmes or courses offered by XJTLU.

Why join us in our summer school?

  • Career coaching support
  • Real Chinese business issues
  • Unique insights in different industries
  • Immersion in Chinese language learning
  • Different cultural business contexts related to the Yangtze River Delta region of China

Knowledge and Skills

At the end of our two-week programme, you will have:

  • Deepened your understanding of the main features and processes that shape the Chinese economy and culture with a practical and business-oriented approach;
  • Developed a strong appreciation for the challenges and benefits of either doing business with Chinese companies or working and living in this amazing country.


Programme fees 8,000 RMB
Accommodation 2,100 RMB
50% Discount
  • Current XJTLU students (from all UG/PG/short-term programmes) and alumni
  • University of Liverpool students
  • Students recommended by XJTLU partners (university, high schools, associations)
  • XJTLU Staff and family/partners
Early Bird discount Apply before 30 April 2024 – receive 20% discount

*Only one discount or the scholarship can be applied to per applicant.

How to apply

Application Deadline (including payment):  15 May 2024

Applications should be submitted via XJTLU online application system:

1. Click/tap the APPLY link

2. Create an account or log in to your existing account

3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, please enter all the required information in the application form. Please make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. You may log-in to view your application form and upload supporting documents at any time.

For further information and enquiries, please email